-In his new Rolling Stone cover story, Shawn Mendes says his relationship with Hailey Baldwin wasn’t as platonic as he first implied. “I don’t even want to put a title on it. I think it was more of a zone of limbo…She’s still one of the f–king coolest people ever — she’s not just a beautiful person visually, but she’s one of the most beautiful hearts I’ve ever met.” He also talks about how the gay rumours stress him out, and how he watching his interviews to analyze his voice and his body language: “In the back of my heart, I feel like I need to go be seen with someone — like a girl — in public, to prove to people that I’m not gay. Even though in my heart I know that it’s not a bad thing. There’s still a piece of me that thinks that. And I hate that side of me.” Ugh. Leave the poor kid alone.
-We truly are living in a golden age of celebrity profiles. This feature on Lena Dunham by Allison P. Davis is breathtakingly good. I didn’t really think I’d want to read anything more about her, but this is not a fawning, laudatory profile. Davis goes deep (addressing the frequent criticisms thrown Dunham’s way, the rumours that she is a bad pet owner, her stumbles over race, etc), and the result is an article that makes you both sympathize with her as you’re rolling your eyes at her. My fave part: “As she texts me increasingly intimate details that she knows I’ll put in this article, as if she were trying to be the director of her own candid, sympathy-generating magazine story, I begin to wonder if Lena Dunham, the performance artist daring us to hate her, is the work.”
–Meek Mills penned a powerful op-ed on prisoner rights reform for the NYT.
–Amanda Bynes is on the cover of Paper and seems to be doing legitimately well, which makes me happy. She talks about fighting to cast Channing Tatum in She’s The Man, and admits her drug use started by getting hooked on Adderall because she’d read in a magazine that it keeps you skinny.
-This is sad: Oprah‘s mom died on Thanskgiving at 83.
–Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas‘ pre-wedding festivities have begun.
-No, Rihanana. No!
-Also, here’s our first peek at Rihanna and Donald Glover‘s mystery project “Guava Island.”
-The conscious uncoupling is still going strong. Dakota Johnson spent Thanksgiving with Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow and their kids.
-Ooh boy, Amber Heard‘s outfit at the Aquaman premiere was a bit too on the nose.
-Meanwhile, I’m pleasantly shocked that the initial reaction to Aquaman from critics is so overwhelmingly positive.
-I don’t know how I keep falling for these Zac Efron thirst traps but I really don’t hate them…
–Guillermo del Toro shared on Twitter a massive list of screenplays he’s been working on that still haven’t been produced.
-This woman’s fake missed connection about Michael B Jordan is going viral and I’m so proud of her!
–Chris Pine and Patty Jenkins‘ TNT miniseries I Am the Night will be released in January.